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The Google Pixel 3 is in trouble: this is why

The Google Pixel 3 is in trouble: this is why

Google definitely pulled off a miracle when it came out with the first Pixel phone. There was some amount of doubt that Google had what it takes to make its own smartphone. And then the Pixel 2 came out which, despite a very rough start, is still considered to be the embodiment of the perfect Android smartphone. With this year’s Pixel 3, Google will be trying to prove that “third time’s a charm” but things might not turn out that way this time around. And, no, it’s not because of that notch.

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Pixel 3 XL hands-on video leak confirm specs, design

Pixel 3 XL hands-on video leak confirm specs, design

Now that Samsung has announced the Galaxy Note 9, we’re really just waiting for the two biggest names in the smartphone market to butt heads: Google and Apple. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL will be facing off with the 2nd gen iPhone X, iPhone X Plus, and 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. But while the previous two Pixel generations have been met with anticipation and excitement, there’s a great deal of hesitation with the Pixel 3, mostly because of its design but also because of some of its specs.

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Huawei Mate 20 Lite pops up with a notch

Huawei Mate 20 Lite pops up with a notch

Huawei has gained no small amount of confidence after it has racked up some serious street cred in recent smartphone shipment numbers. It has managed to surpass Apple, perhaps temporarily only, and wants to unseat even Samsung. It just might have its chance with its upcoming Huawei Mate 20 launch. But not everyone will be able to afford those high-end phones, of course. Which is why this Mate 20 Lite will be swooping in to give them that premium feeling at a third of the price.

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Android Pie update: HTC, Sony, Huawei commit

Android Pie update: HTC, Sony, Huawei commit

Every new Android version kicks off two guessing games. The first is at the start of the development cycle when users try to guess which sweet dessert the release will be named after. The second is when the final version is finally formally launched. That’s when users start guessing when and if their precious smartphone is actually eligible for the update. To help make their customers guess less, some manufacturers have chimed in, publicly committing to bringing Android 9 Pie to at least some of their latest devices “soon”.

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Fortnite Android beta comes to non-Samsung phones, but invite still needed

Fortnite Android beta comes to non-Samsung phones, but invite still needed

It's been less than a week since Samsung announced that Fortnite for Android would be exclusive to its Galaxy devices, but that limited exclusivity is already over. As promised by Epic Games, Fortnite's wider rollout to Android devices begins today, although still in beta form. The bad news is that means an invite is still required to actually play the game, but the good news is that fans can actually pre-install the beta.

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Fortnite on Android: Even Google announces it’s not on Play Store

Fortnite on Android: Even Google announces it’s not on Play Store

By now, anyone who has even the slightest interest in Fortnite knows that it's finally coming to Android. The latest news has been about how Epic Games is taking the unique stance of keeping it off the Google Play Store and instead requiring users to download the game's APK directly off their website. But what's really interesting is that now even Google is acknowledging that it doesn't have the game by making an announcement — inside the Play Store itself.

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Research discovers Android’s open nature leads to devices shipping with vulnerabilities

Research discovers Android’s open nature leads to devices shipping with vulnerabilities

The Android platform has a reputation for being less than secure, and, despite the system's advantages and improvements, the situation isn't getting any better at the rate it should be. New research from security firm Kryptowire has found that a number of Android devices include vulnerabilities right out of the box, including those shipped directly from wireless carriers. Unfortunately the cause of the problem stems from one of Android's biggest and oldest strong points: its open nature and ability to be modified.

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Fix Facebook after the latest update

Fix Facebook after the latest update

Facebook today began removing Friends Lists Feeds from their main app and web browser site. This feature is one of a collection that'll be removed from the mix this year due to a culling of the weak of sorts. As a Facebook representative suggested, "We're shutting down this lesser-used feature to focus our efforts on improving the main News Feed experience."

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Galaxy Note 9 wallpapers are all right here

Galaxy Note 9 wallpapers are all right here

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was put on pre-order this morning, right around 24 hours after the device was initially revealed. This smartphone is now in the process of being torn apart in more ways than one. Right this minute we've got a gallery here with the various wallpapers included in the smartphone, now freely available to all users who wish to load said images on their phone in celebration, anticipation, or just for the fun of it.

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The Note 9 is an island in a sea of notches and trends

The Note 9 is an island in a sea of notches and trends

At times, it can feel like the smartphone industry is all sharing the same bucket of ideas. Notched displays, dual camera arrays, and increasingly skinny devices with as few ports as possible: maybe Apple had one idea first, or some other company, but eventually they spread across the board. Turns out, though, the Galaxy Note 9 has a bucket of its own.

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BlackBerry KEY2 LE leak tips a keyboard for the masses

BlackBerry KEY2 LE leak tips a keyboard for the masses

BlackBerry is readying a new, more affordable version of its KEY2 smartphone, for those who want a physical keyboard but are turned off by the premium price tag. Expected to launch as the BlackBerry KEY2 LE, the new device is yet to be officially revealed, but details are already leaking.

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Fortnite app download warning: How and Why to wait

Fortnite app download warning: How and Why to wait

To download the official Fortnite beta app this week, you won't need a Samsung device. But you will need to be prepared to cry forever. This is because all those devices found playing without a Samsung device identifier will be banned by Epic Games - forever. That's not something your device comes back from, ever.

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